Okay, let’s talk about it. Anxiety & Depression. I’ve had it, and I’ve been surprised to discover a great volume of people who also have had it or have suffered from it at some time in their life. Certainly from my perspective, it’s not always easy to run a business, lead a team or be in any position of authority when things are tough. The way I dealed with it was through bad behaviour and powerful breathing exercises. Strangely enough, both practices worked.
I’d like to let you know that if you are struggling with anxiety or depression and seem to attract dramatic or painful situations – you do not need immediately stop doing it. Letting go of your struggle with the world (or yourself) is an important part in healing. With the correct practices, the wrong ones will eventually stop working for you and you will easily and willingly remove them from your life. Sound good? Read on.
Anxiety & Depression can be cured
Each bad experienced that I encountered seemed to massage out my pain. I’d take that experience to my mat and breathe it out of my body. As I did I’d receive downloads of understanding and new perspective. This was a slow and thorough journey out of emotional turmoil, into emotional freedom. I found it not only helpful but very intriguing as it was like reading a book on new ways to see the world. If you want to embark on this journey, you will need a toolkit.
If you are having panic attacks or depressive episodes intense enough that it is affecting your life negatively, consider medication. Medication is an excellent way to soothe or calm you while you work through any painful emotional state. Just as if you were rehabilitating a broken leg, you may expect to take painkillers from time to time. Well, healing an injured emotional state is exactly the same.
2.Do not try to stop all of your negative behaviours.
This will only set you on a cycle of fail and victory. Instead trust that you have taken steps to conquer and that all will soon be well. Each time you partake in a behaviour that you want to change, know that this is only a reflection of the pain that is slowly shifting inside.
3.Find some type of practice or therapy
This will heal your old state and bring about your new stronger, wiser & more resilient self. There are many different types of therapies including counselling, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), yoga, meditation and breath work. I did all of these things, and breath work was the most powerful for me.
4.Practice Breath Work, Meditation and Kundalini Yoga
I chose a therapy which involved breath work. It was pricey and I stuck with it, but I did the majority of it every day in my yoga studio when no one was there. If you are interested in this therapy, get in touch and I will point you in the right direction. Since declaring myself ‘healed’, I have discovered a yoga that very closely re-enacts what I did when I would sit for hours on end and breathe. After trying my first Kundalini class, I loved it so much that I immediately introduced into my yoga studio.
Meditation is a powerful technique but if you have depression and anxiety it may not be powerful enough on its own. Breath work will chip away at the densely packed & stagnant negative energy laying coiled beneath the surface by forcing itself deep into your subconscious. As this negative energy, in the form of anxiety and depression begins to move, you can then watch it with a mindful practice like meditation. This is where you will see how it is playing out in your life in negative ways. From the new clarity meditation offers, you are then more eqiupped to make changes and adjustments towards health and happiness.
The techniques of Kundalini almost exactly replicate what I did when I sat on my mat day after day and breathed. Sometimes I used yoga poses, sometimes I didn’t, but I was inadvertently doing my own made up form of Kundalini yoga from what I knew about breath work, meditation, vinyasa and yin yoga.
You don’t have to suffer
The key is to maintain commitment and consistency. Every time I practiced, without fail, I would feel a dissolving of anxiety and an increase in confidence. It was a bit like cleaning the oven, once I started cleaning out the muck, I realised what a huge dirty mess I had to clear. It kept me going. I always encourage people to practice regularly, rather than sporadically. This means that if you can only practice once a week that’s fine, but practice every week. Eventually the need to breathe & meditate will lessen, as will your encounters with negative experiences. That is when yoga and meditation become practices of joy, not something that you can’t live without. What a fantastic way to maintain your emotional health.